The NC Museum of Natural Sciences showed “Rocaterrania,” a documentary by UNCG associate professor Brett Ingram, on Thursday, Aug. 8. The documentary tells the story of visionary artist Renaldo Kuhler. Kuhler, who died this summer, spent the final decades of his life creating hundreds of plates for the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Ingram was at the screening to discuss the film and the man.
Rocaterrania is a feature length documentary exploring the secret world of scientific illustrator and visionary artist Renaldo Kuhler.
In the last four decades, seventy-six-year-old Renaldo Kuhler has created hundreds of plates for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, illustrating diverse flora and fauna for obscure scientific journals and reference books. Before the making of this documentary, no one knew that Kuhler is also a prolific visionary artist.
Rocaterrania unveils Kuhler’s astounding body of work to the world and reveals the powerful story of his life in the process. Among other themes, the film is about the insidious nature of conformity, the courage to be one’s true self, and the redemptive power of artistic creation. Featuring an eclectic original score by Merge Records recording artists Shark Quest.